Burns, Rosemary

Rosemary Burns
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Rosemary Head Burns, 89, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.

She was born on April 14, 1915, in Santa Rita, to Elam L. Head and Elva Schmidt Head. She was the oldest of five children. She was raised on a ranch, attended grade school in Santa Rita, and graduated from Hurley High School in 1933. She graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in 1937 and did post graduate work in social studies at University of California Los Angeles. While attending New Mexico State she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and was involved in the ZTA Alumni Association her entire life. Also, while in college she had the distinction of being the first woman editor of the NMSU newspaper. She worked in Dallas as a social worker before moving to Lubbock in 1940 to become the first Girl Scout Council executive there. She moved to Clovis in 1947 to continue her Girl Scout work. In 1949 she married James F. Burns, a local Realtor, at Sacred Heart Church. They raised five sons while being active in Church, community and the boys’ sports activities. She was an active member of Encanto Garden Club where she became a national flower show judge. She was also a member of Sacred Heart Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a sister, Kathryn Budnik of Deming.

Survivors include five sons, Shaun (and wife, Mary), Timothy (Grace), Patrick, Denis (Ann) and Kevin; nine grandchildren; a brother, Bill Head (Pat) of Santa Rita, two sisters, Betty Ely of Silver City and Elayne Banks of Lubbock; and many nieces and nephews.

Father Carlos Chavez will officiate the services.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church.

Burial will be at Mission Garden of Memories in Clovis.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday at the home.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.